Bishop Taylor Homily Library

Homilías en Español

E.g., 11/27/2020
E.g., 11/27/2020

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor celebrates Mass across Arkansas and beyond. This library features the homilies delivered from March 2014 to the present. To listen to earlier homilies, please visit the bishop's Homily Archive.

St. Teresa of Calcutta Mass 2020
Published: Saturday, September 5, 2020
And we do this by explaining how his actions are hurting us, spending time listening to him describe the problem from his point of view, trying to build bridges of understanding. With Jesus that was the primary thing, to save the relationship, not to win the fight.
Priesthood Ordination of Deacons Daniel Velasco and Joseph Friend
Published: Saturday, August 15, 2020
All Christians, and especially we who are priests, are called to infiltrate the world, to change it from within. In the world but not of the world. And Daniel and Joseph, will you do that? First, you must be consecrated to the truth. If you preach the full truth of the Gospel, not just the easy parts, you can expect a lot of resistance.
Deacon Ordination of Brian Cundall and Ben Riley
Published: Friday, August 14, 2020
Brian and Ben, the bigger sacrifice you make today is the promise of obedience, which involves the sacrifice of your will. Obedience is more than just compliance; it has to do with what goes on inside your heart.
Deacon Ordination of Emmanuel Torres
Published: Thursday, August 13, 2020
People who don’t love themselves have a hard time loving others. And so Jesus raises the bar: How has Jesus loved us? Totally, sacrificially, to the death. And so that’s how we are to love one another.
Deacon Ordination of Omar Galván
Published: Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Your life is now a life lived for others. Through you, people will encounter Jesus at every stage of life: the babies whom you baptize, the couples whom you marry and the dead whom you bury.
Deacon Ordination of Alex Smith
Published: Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Chastity requires us to be pure not only in our overt actions, but also in our thoughts and in our words, pure in the way we deal with others — no deceit, no mixed messages. Pure and sincere in the desires of our own heart. And of course, this requires death to self, which is the foundation of a life lived for others.
Chrism/Jubilarian Mass 2020
Published: Monday, August 10, 2020
Jesus was both priest and victim, the one who offered and the one who was offered, and so are we, in union with Jesus. He did so in the concrete circumstances and all the adversities present in 33 A.D. We do so in the concrete circumstances and all the adversities present in 2020, and I want you to know how proud I am of you, the priests of the Diocese of Little Rock. We are walk by faith.
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
Published: Sunday, August 9, 2020
It is not my role to enter into the politics involved, but it is my duty to point out the moral issues and explain the explicit teaching of the Catholic Church, which in this case is stated clearly in the catechism for all too see.
40th Anniversary of Priesthood
Published: Sunday, August 2, 2020
That call to Little Rock, was the most unexpected blessing of my life! We have faced a few challenges together during these last 12 years, but even so, it has been such a joy to serve here.
Memorial of Blessed Stanley Rother 2020
Published: Tuesday, July 28, 2020
The days of Jeremiah and Blessed Stanley were fearful times and given the COVID-19 pandemic, we live in fearful times too — although in our case it is a different kind of threat, but still a time of tears, insecurity and loss.
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
Published: Saturday, July 18, 2020
All of us are sinners and there will always be hypocrites in the Church. There will always be people who use their church membership for selfish ends. Sometimes we do have to intervene and pull out the most damaging weeds by the roots, as with the great evil of the clergy abuse scandals, but most of the time prudence requires us to just be patient.
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
Published: Saturday, July 11, 2020
Farmers plant lots of seeds; many get eaten by birds or wither for lack of roots or get choked out by weeds. But some do fall on good soil and produce a great harvest: 30, 60 or hundredfold. If a farmer expects every seed to produce, his expectations are unrealistic. 
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
Published: Sunday, July 5, 2020
True joy is hidden from those who dedicate themselves to selfish, worldly pursuits. It is only found by those who truly give themselves to God and others with sacrificial love and childlike humility.
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
Published: Sunday, June 28, 2020
What Jesus says is that he must be the primary allegiance of our lives. He’s the only one we really have to please, and sometimes doing the right thing, especially in the face of opposition, can be very challenging. But anything less is not worthy of him.
12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
Published: Sunday, June 21, 2020
So if you know what you should do and not do, you’ve got values. But it is only when you actually live according to those values that you’ve got virtue.

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